Review: New York Hilton Midtown

Over the past few months, I've been traveling to New York every week.  For the most part, I've stayed at the DoubleTree Metropolitan off of Lexington Ave. and 51st because of it's proximity to my client and it's one of the more affordable hotels in Midtown Manhattan.  I've been wanting to stay at the Hilton Midtown because it's only a few blocks away from where my client is but it's always out of the project budget... that is until last week.

Pros: Convenient location in the heart of Midtown and great amenities

Cons: Paper thin walls

The Hilton Midtown is located conveniently to 30 Rock, Radio City Music Hall, and Times Square.  If you stay here, you won't have to venture too far for all of the major tourist attractions.  Upon arriving, I was informed I was upgraded from a queen to a king bed room (don't get too jealous...).  However, the hotel did give me a few drink vouchers so that made my room "upgrade" that much more enjoyable.  I made my way to the elevator banks which were located on the opposite side of the reception area.  I took the elevator up to the 30th floor, and then turned right towards room 3051.

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The room was pretty basic.  There was a nice view of the city as well as a love seat that was straight out of the 1980s... corduroy heaven! 

Just look at that corduroy!

Just look at that corduroy!

I dropped my suitcase and bag off in the room and headed down to Bridges Bar in the lobby for a pre-dinner cocktail.  The bartender recommended their version of a Manhattan, a Smoke on The Hudson.  The drink was very tasty and smooth.  They also accompanied the drink with a small bowl of warm nuts.  Overall, I was impressed with Bridges Bar.  The bartenders were fantastic and didn't mind going over the allocated $15 drink voucher value.  The hotel also housed the Minus 5 bar which I didn't get to experience this trip.  The bar seemed to me like a tourist trap but I wouldn't mind seeing what the hype is all about before my time is up in Midtown. 

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The bed was very comfortable and one of the better hotel beds I've sleep in while being in New York.  Though, I had been staying at the DoubleTree the week prior.  My only complaint is that at 5:00 AM, I was woken up by the guy in the next room talking very loudly.  It almost seemed like he was in my room, that's how thin the walls were.     

Given my Diamond status with Hilton, I made my way down to the lobby in the mornings to grab breakfast in the executive lounge, which doubles as the lobby lounge in the evenings.  they have a wide selection of pastries and bagels.  The executive lounge attendants where very courteous and cordial, even at the early hours I was there for breakfast.

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Carbs galore! 

Carbs galore! 

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the hotel.  It's convenient to pretty much every attraction in Midtown.  If you find yourself staying there, go to Bridges Bar and try the Smoke on The Hudson.  It's definitely worth the $17 price tag.  If given the opportunity, I'd absolutely stay at the hotel.     

 

A quick way to "double-dip" Hilton Honors Points

I've recently found myself staying at Hilton Hotels, typically I'm a Hyatt or SPG guy (Marriott too, now that my SPG Gold matches to Marriott Gold). However, I've had a few weddings to attend in the last few months, and Hilton-flagged hotels have been the most convinient. While reading One Mile at a Time's post about Hilton offering up to triple points, I saw he mentioned something about choosing "points and points". Not knowing what that meant, I did a quick search through my Hilton account preferences to find this so-called "points & points". Now I'm going to tell you how to select this option and earn an additional 5-points per dollar at Hilton, regardless of your status.

Every Hilton Honors member can choose one of two "My Way Earning Styles", you can select either Points & Miles (with a broad selection airline partners) or Points & Points. Selecting Points & Points seems to be the best overall value, but you should run the numbers for yourself and determine your needs.   

The first step is going to the account overview page of your Hilton Honors account. Next, select the "Preferences" option on the left side of the screen, under the My Profile heading. 

When you scroll down you'll see a heading called, MyWay Earning Style Preferences, and a link to change your earning style. Your default earning style is turned off, select Points & Points or Points & Miles and voila, earn more Hilton Honors points or airline miles just like that! 

I did not have this option selected for my first Hilton stay, so I missed out on a solid chunk of points. (Hilton gives away points like candy) Don't be like me, and double-check your MyWay earning style!